University of Pennsylvania—WXPN

1/3: Big George Brock lying down on the stage playing harmonica at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Photo courtesy of WXPN.
2/3: WXPN’s Zydeco Crossroads. Photo by Hope Helmuth, courtesy of WXPN.
3/3: WXPN’s Zydeco Crossroads. Photo by Matthew Shaver, courtesy of WXPN.

WXPN (88.5 FM) is a public radio station operated by the University of Pennsylvania that may be best known for the World Cafe music program, which is distributed by National Public Radio to many non-commercial stations across the United States. With Center support in 2012, WXPN presented the successful year-long Mississippi Blues Project, which showcased the Mississippi blues as a vibrant folk art form in a series of local concerts, radio broadcasts, and an extensive interactive online initiative. The project featured eight artists who traveled to Philadelphia for their regional debuts. NeXtPN, a new Center-funded research initiative, will focus on better understanding the music-listening preferences of the Millennial generation. The results of this research will shape future programming and WXPN’s overall business model.


Grants & Grantees

Moments of grace or insight or good writing actually are dependent on a day-to-day process.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Conductor Gil Rose’s dynamic performances and many recordings have garnered international critical praise. In 2012, he assumed the position of artistic director of Monadnock Music.

Over its 18-year history, Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) Lively Arts Series has engaged local and national artists to share their work with the college and surrounding Blue Bell community.

The Center has awarded $425,000 to the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, in support of the organization’s efforts to research and develop new business models that respond to shifting trends in audience behaviors.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Trevor O’Donnell has a long track record of helping theater and arts organizations build larger audiences and earn more revenue through a number of strategies.

A series of programs intended to generate public conversations around the connections between race, science, and social justice.

This interactive panel discussion, part of Swarthmore’s Chopin Without Music, reveals new possibilities for contemporary theater and classical music to intersect in performance.

The William Way LGBT Community Center presents OutBeat: America’s First Queer Jazz Festival. The four-day festival will highlight intersections between sexual orientation, gender identity, and jazz history and culture.

Grants & Grantees

For over 25 years, Network for New Music has been dedicated to commissioning and performing music by living composers.

Grants & Grantees

In 2004 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 76 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Grants & Grantees

PAFA presented the most comprehensive exhibition of Peter Saul’s work to date, featuring over 50 artworks spanning from 1958 to present.

Composer Judd Greenstein speaks to changing audience expectations in “an era where people are deluged with cultural products.”